Portland’s Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale!

My tummy has finally settled after the sweet indulgences from Saturday’s Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale in Portland. The sale went incredibly well and I had a lot of fun spending the day with Kris from the Nom! Nom! Nom! blog and her husband. Not only is she an amazingly talented baker and organizer of events, but she is also super sweet and kind. We ended up with a small stash of baked treats that didn’t sell, which we happily divided up amongst the three of us to snarf down later (and of course, I had to save some for Tim… Right?). It was very gratifying to see so many folks stop by the sale with generous spirits and walk away with bags of goodies – so much compassion for animals!!! The money earned from the Portland bake sale will benefit House of Dreams, which is a no-kill kitty shelter in Portland. Hooray!!! Even though Tim and I don’t have any pets (allergies), we do love to visit the super cool kitty who lives down the street. He drools puddles every time Tim approaches and purrs like crazy. Fluffy, kinda fat, and a bit wobbly in the walk – he is usually found lounging in the sun.

Anyways, what yummy loveliness helped earn money for House of Dreams? Lots and lots of stuff! I spent nearly eight hours straight baking for the sale, and I know Kris spent around eleven hours baking as well. We also had some other people drop off stuff for the sale! So nice! Here, take a peek:

Chocolate Almond Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Almond Sandwich Cookies (recipe at the end of this post!)

Goodie Bars

Goodie Bars

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Mocha Stripe Cookies

Oh Joe's Brownies

Oh Joe’s Brownies

Sprouted Cinnamon Rolls

Sprouted Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Muffins

Apple Muffins

Ginger Cookies

Ginger Cookies

Banana Split Cupcakes

Banana Split Cupcakes and Strawberry Muffins

Hand Pies

Hand Pies

Strawberry Muffins

More Strawberry Muffins

Butterscotch Pecan Bars

Butterscotch Pecan Bars

The Table(s)

All together now! There were also Peanut Butter Brownies, a Marble Bundt Cake, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls, Jelly Donut Cupcakes, Blueberry and Green Tea Cupcakes, Lemon Drop Cookies, Almond Spelt Sweet Buns, and Peanut Butter Cookies! So much good stuff!!!! I can’t wait for next year… Although I may need to hire a baking helper/dishwasher because I made a huge mess of my kitchen and upped my anxiety levels a bit with all the baking!

And now, a recipe! The Chocolate Almond Sandwich Cookies seen above were one of my contributions to the sale. I adapted the recipe from a cookbook I have owned for a long time: The Baker’s Dozen Cookbook. While most of the recipes are not vegan, they are easy to meddle with. These cookies turned out very well and are not too difficult if you have some time to assemble them.

Chocolate Almond Sandwich Cookies (adapted from The Baker’s Dozen Cookbook)

Ingredients:

1 cup whole, raw almonds

3/4 cup, plus 3 T unrefined sugar

3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose (or white whole wheat) flour

1 t baking powder

1/8 t fine sea salt

1/2 cup vegan margarine

1 1/2 t Ener’G Egg Replacer mixed with 2 T warm water, and whisked vigorously

1/4 t pure almond extract

1/4 t pure vanilla extract

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Process the almonds and 3 T of sugar in your food processor until finely ground. Set aside.

2. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.

3. Beat the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar with the margarine in a stand mixer (or with a hand-held mixer) for about 3 minutes. Add in the Ener’G mixture and the extracts. Add in the almond mixture, blending well. Slowly add in the flour mixture and beat on low speed until smooth (don’t over-mix).

4. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

6. Using one teaspoon of dough for each cookie, portion into around 80 (I ended up with about 70 – but I ate some dough in the process…) balls (roll each portion between your palms to make them nice and round). Place the balls on cookie sheets lined with parchment or Silpats spacing them 1.5″ apart (they will spread while they bake).

7. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned. Keep a close watch on them as a few of mine were a bit overdone.

8. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

9. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler (or however you prefer to melt chocolate). Make sure your cookies have cooled completely before spreading about a 1/2 t of melted chocolate on a cookie and sandwiching it with a naked cookie. Continue until all cookies are mated with chocolate. Place them in the fridge to firm up the chocolate. These will keep in an airtight container for about 5 days, maybe less if it’s hot in your home.

I can’t stop eating these. They are pretty and fancy and will impress people’s pants off.

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28 thoughts on “Portland’s Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale!

  1. my pants feel the urge to fall off! must make these cookies.
    dude, the whole spread actually makes my pants feel tighter just by looking at it. you guys nailed it.

  2. wow, it all looks amazing, i feel like i’ve gained a pound just looking at it!! the cinnamon rolls and sandwich cookies look especially gorgeous, thanks for the recipe!! yum.

  3. Yea! Ya’ll made so much stuff! We thought about doing one in Memphis but realized we didn’t have time to prepare (or a location to host). I wish I’d lived in Portland this past weekend, so I could have bought one of each. Yum, yum.

  4. I think I drooled a little on my laptop…all those goodies look so good!!! Oh, and I love “naked cookie” – what a perfect way to describe it..I’m totally making these soon! Thanks for the recipe!!

  5. Everything looks amazing! My tummy started growling as I was looking at the gorgeous pictures. :) And I definitely want to try the Chocolate Almond Sandwich Cookies. Anything that’ll impress people’s pants off is something I’ve got to take a crack at. Now … who’s pants do I want to impress off? That’s the question. Hmmmm….

  6. so. much. awesomeness. oh my goodness, Amy – mmmmmmmmmmm, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! all of your photos are stunning and ever so yummy looking! the sprouted cinnamon buns and those ginger cookies – oooh, i love them the most! your chocolate almond sandwich cookies look absolutely perfect and sound heavenly! totally going to have to make them, fo ‘sho! 8 hours of baking – wowzers! that’s rock’n that you got to work with Kris, too – hooray for all the awesomeness! superw00t!

  7. Oh how I wish I had been there! I would’ve bought everything in sight! Of course, now I can make those almond cookies, which look just divine – so thanks for the recipe!

  8. The almond chocolate cookies look amazing! As does everything else. Congrats on pulling together a great looking bake sale!

  9. Yes I could totally go for one of those chocolate almond cookies…chocolate and almonds are such a fantastic combination!

    I really love your blog and pictures. I’m going to have to go make those cookies now!

  10. Wait – I wasn’t done yet! :) You guys did such an outstanding job with the bake sale and the money raised for a very worthy cause. But once again, those food photos…I’m practically reeling from looking at them, they’re so compelling!

  11. Thanks so much everybody, for all the kind words!!! Let’s hope that all these vegan bake sales around the world spread lots of compassion for the animals!!!!

  12. You did all this work and you don’t have any kitty babies of your own? That is so sad. :( My husband and I are both allergic, too, but we have cats, anyway. I couldn’t live without them.

    Everything looks yummy. If I lived near Portland (I live on the east coast), I’d have spent a lot of money at your bake sale! The display is lovely, too.

  13. Congratulations! It’s so great to see how well all the other bake sales went! Looks like you had some delicious vegan baked goods and thanks for sharing the recipe, I am going to make them :)

  14. oh good gracious, every single baked good in this post is like some sort of epitome of it’s kind, like super good job on everything! I wanna dive into one of those banana cupcakes with a ginger cookie in each hand, yep.

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